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Can the elderly get depression?

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Dr. Anne Sagalyn
Dr. Anne Sagalynanswered
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Yes: Absolutely, as they endure many losses ( perhaps their own health, death of friends) important with elderly who present w/ new onset memory loss to rule out depression, also known as pseudo-dementia.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Yes: Elderly folks do get depressed and for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, due to a medical illness or condition such as a stroke, depression can be common and can also become quite serious. An elderly person with major depression for example, may quit eating and become malnourished which can then lead to other problems. Excellent antidepressant treatment is available for all ages.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Geriatric depression: Quite common & for variety of reasons, from physical illnesses, limitations, effects of multiple medications prescribed for multiple ailments, distancing from family, coping with loss of friends, realization of aging process & fears of unknown.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can the elderly get depression?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anne Sagalyn
Dr. Anne Sagalynanswered
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Yes: Absolutely, as they endure many losses ( perhaps their own health, death of friends) important with elderly who present w/ new onset memory loss to rule out depression, also known as pseudo-dementia.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can the elderly have depression?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
People of all ages: can suffer from depression. The elderly are equally susceptible.

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